Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps uninsured and financially struggling patients who lack prescription coverage get access to healthcare and prescription assistance programs, many of which offer medicines for free or nearly free.
PPA provides a free, confidential, single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs. Its member programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, offer more than 2,500 brand-name medicines and a wide range of generics.
PPA’s Web site, www.pparx.org, enables patients to find programs for which they may be eligible to apply. Patients can also call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), to talk with a trained specialist who will guide them through the application process. PPA’s call centers accept calls in English, Spanish and approximately 150 other languages.
PPA also helps patients contact government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and informs patients about free health care clinics in their communities. More than 40 of its member programs focus on the medication and healthcare needs of children. In fact, PPA has a dedicated Web site, kids.apparx.org, to make it easier to learn about help available for children. Consumers can download and print patient assistance program applications from both Web sites.
While there are hundreds of assistance programs to help patients obtain medications, finding the right program has traditionally been a challenge. By acting as a clearinghouse of information about medication and healthcare assistance programs, PPA makes it easy for patients to find programs for which they may be eligible to apply.